Saturday, July 30

22-29 luglio 2011

Below are a few photographs of my trip to Pescara.  I hope you like!

Yes, it's half midnight and the temperature is 25 degrees, yay!
Our "Roof Terrace" which is in my room.  It makes a brilliant reading room in the early morning!

View on the left from the Roof Terrace, you can see mountains!

View straight out of the Roof Terrace.  Yes it's a building, but there are more mountains beyond!

Think this explains itself!  Note: the ceiling with the sky light is also sloping.

My room measures something like 30x20 ft.  A nice size!

This was taken from the top of the stairs looking into my room.

The roof terrace and a desk. (If you didn't work that out for yourself!)

The pit orchestra warming up for Madame Butterfly.  We were very close.

Friday, July 29

venerdì 29 luglio 2011

It's been a day of non-ness.

After getting up, eating breakfast and watching West Coast Customs transform a truck for Jesse James of West Coast Choppers (a program more aimed at 13 year old boys) I decided to go for a walk. 

I walked.  I walked.  And I walked some more.  The house I'm staying in is on a pretty big hill in a town next to Pescara.  So yeh, I had no idea where I was going.  My mission, after I had been walking 15 minutes, was to go to the beach.  By this point I was at the bottom of the hill so could no longer see the sea therefore I just aimed for the direction it was in when I was at the top of the hill and followed roads, thankfully most of the roads here are in straight lines so it makes navigating them normally easy.  At one point I decided to get a bus as it seemed the beach was miles away.  So I jumped on a Number 6.  Only problem being that I had no idea where the bus was going, what direction I was in etc so I got off a few stops later after spotting a familiar beach umbrella down one of the side streets. 

And that was that.  I walked along the sea front for a bit and then turned around and headed back as lunch was at 12.30.  Now I am at the office of my work.

Madame Butterfly. was ok. We rated it 5/10.  The male lead was pretty impressive and had a very good voice.  However I wasn't impressed with Madame Butterfly herself and the other cast members.  The costumes were good, and worked well with the production.  We were sat in the front row of the theatre and the orchestra were right in front of us, they were pretty good.  I figured the production wasn't amateur, but it wasn't exactly professional either.  The funniest thing was in the interval between Act 1 and 2 the whole orchestra got up and 75% of them popped to the nearest exit to have a cigarette, hilarious!  We couldn't quite believe it.

Thursday, July 28

giovedì 28 luglio 2011

So....I have been in Pescara 5 whole days, this being my 6th day, and so far so good! 

To sum up the last few days I have:

- stayed at my apartment in the centre of Pescara, literally a 5 minute walk from the bus station, and main train station.

- walked really slowly around Pescara with my flatmate (something we have taken to call "promenading").  It seems the walking pace is that of a snail here which makes my "usual" walking pace that of a cheetah!

- set up the "classroom" for September, which isn't a classroom as you imagine as it is a converted flat.  It has 3 different zones; a role play area, creative area with tables and chairs and a reading/sleeping area (which is in a different room).

- bought 500g of green beans...which turns out is a lot of green beans.

- used very poor Italian to buy some anthisan (which hasn't really helped at all!) 
Buongiorno.  Io sono inglese. *lifts leg onto counter* You help me... *points to bites on leg*

- sat in a room full of Italian parents whilst they talked about me, literally about me, whilst I smiled sweetly and attempted to laugh at the appropriate time.

- stayed with Stefy and Lorenzo with the intention to speak more Italian.  I am finding it really hard to remember any words, even the things that I learnt from my lessons.  

Tonight I am planning on going to see Madame Butterfly at a theatre on the seafront.  We are going to attempt to get some tickets later, hopefully.  Wish me luck!

P.S. I promise pictures will be up soon, when I return to London...